Biography

Richard Greenwald, PhD, is a writer, academic and urbanist. He is a professor and Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences at Brooklyn College, CUNY. He was previously professor and Executive Dean at St. Joseph’s College, New York and professor of history, Dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Director of University Partnerships, and was the Founding Director of the Business, Society & Culture Program at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Trained as a historian of modern America, Richard’s scholarly interests are political economy, particularly the intersection of the workplace, business and American politics. His most recent book is Labor Rising: The Past and Future of American Workers (2012), co-edited with Daniel Katz. He is the author of The Triangle Fire, the Protocols of Peace and Industrial Democracy in Progressive Era New York (2005), co-editor of Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective ( 2003), and editor of Exploring America’s Past: essays in Social and Cultural History (1996). His current projects include: The Death of 9-5: Permanent Freelancers, Empty Offices and the New Way America Works (under contract with Bloomsbury books); and a co-authored history of the needle unions with Daniel Katz, entitled Woven Together for Justice (supported by a grant for the Hillman Foundation and under contract with The New Press). He has served as Associate Editor for the scholarly journals Enterprise and Society: the International Journal of Business History and Labor History and as a member of the editorial boards for the journals Working USA & Labor History and In These Times. Richard was until recently the senior editor of the book series “Work in the Americas,” published by University Press of Florida. He blogged on workplace issues for In These Times, Atlantic Cities (Project of the Atlantic Magazine) and Bloomberg Echoes. His essays and articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, In These Times, The Progressive, Bookforum, Businessweek, The Brooklyn Rail (where was is a contributing writer), The RumpusThe Chronicle of Higher Education,and  Inside Higher Education, among other places.

Richard was born in NYC, graduated with a BA from Queens College, City University of New York and received his Ph.D. in History from New York University. He lives with his wife  and their two children in Queens.

*The views expressed here are those of Richard A Greenwald and do not represent Brooklyn College or CUNY, which is listed for affiliation purposes only.